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BDR carnage case: Verdict on death references, appeals any day

  • Published at 02:18 pm April 13th, 2017
  • Last updated at 04:23 pm April 13th, 2017
BDR carnage case: Verdict on death references, appeals any day
The High Court said it will deliver its verdict on the death references and appeals filed in BDR carnage case any day. The special bench of Justice Md Shawkat Hossain, Justice Md Abu Zafor Siddique and Justice Nazrul Islam Talukder completed the hearing on Thursday and kept the verdict pending. The bench also rejected three petitions filed by state to increase the punishments of convicts. It took the court 370 days to complete the hearing. Seventy-four people, including 57 army officers and the then BDR chief Maj Gen Shakil Ahmed, were killed in the February 25, 2009 mutiny. Police had filed two cases, one for carnage and another under the Explosives Act, with Lalbagh police station. Charges in both cases were pressed in July 2010.
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On November 5, 2013, a Dhaka court handed the death penalty to 150 soldiers and two civilians; and sentenced 161 others to life imprisonment in the carnage case. A total of 278 people were acquitted while the rest received rigorous imprisonment, ranging from three to 10 years. Death references and appeals, mostly by the convicts, were filed with the High Court. The special High Court bench started hearing the appeals on January 18, 2015.
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